Spring Showers Bring Bizarre-Ass Flowers
Because I am one of the 10 people who subscribe to the WBZ-TV newsfeed emails, late last week my eyes were opened to a strange and wondrous oddity, an Indonesian bloom known as the Corpse Flower or Amorphophallus titanum. (Ancient Greek translation for those interested: Giant Misshapen Penis.) Adding insult to injury, this flower, resembling an oversized, oddly-shaped phallus, also carries with it the delicious aroma of rotting flesh. Which makes perfect sense, considering the plant is pollinated by carrion or corpse-eating beetles and Flesh Flies.
For almost two weeks, the Huntington Library in San Marion has been overrun by crowds of visitors seeking a sight and a sniff of this stanky stem, one of the world’s largest flowers. Corpse flowers range between 4.5 and 7 feet in height. As you can see in the photo above, after all is said and done, the flower is quite beautiful. However, lesson here…looks can be deceiving!
Posted by Sam